The Honor 8X comes just like its predecessor, the Nova 3i in a glossy dress therefore in our review. Technically, it is similarly equipped as the more expensive Nova 3i.
The Honor 8X we get but another display (6.5 inches IPS in FHD with 19.5: 9) but also a dual camera (20 and 16 megapixels).
Somewhere the manufacturer must have saved at $200 so synonymous. Is the purchase still worth it?
Honor 8X: Specifications
|Huawei Nova 3i:||Specs|
|Display:||6.5 inches with 2340 x 1080 pixels|
|CPU:||Hisilicon Kirin 710 Octa Core 2.2GHz|
|Memory extension:||TF card up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||20.0MP + 2.0MP main and 16.0MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS|
|OS:||Android 8.1 (EMUI 8.2)|
|Connections:||Micro USB slot and 3.5mm Audio Jack|
|Dimensions:||160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8 mm|
Honor 8X: Desing and Appearance
The design of the new Honor 8X in the test is spectacular. Although it lacks an IP67 certification and the front with the small Notch is similar to the Vivo V11 Pro.
The back in glass design looks very strong. The two colors Blue and Black shine in the sun and change the color depending on the light.
The front is not unlike the Apple iPhone X with its Notch (sensors, auricle, and 16-megapixel camera for selfies).
If you want to use the complete display these days, you can not avoid such a design. The Notch itself is certainly much narrower.
The back of glass offers only a dual camera in the “conventional”, vertical arrangement and a single-color LED. It attracts fingerprints, streaks and scratches almost “magically”.
The surface is also quite smooth and therefore slippery. Honor supplies a transparent protective cover. That is helpful, optically and haptic but rather “cheap”.
The dimensions of Honor 8X are 157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm and 169 gram.
On the bottom, you will find the speaker, a microphone and the micro USB port (USB 2.0). Here you will also find a 3.5 mm jack for normal headphones!
The top is decorated with an infrared transmitter and the second microphone. The two nano SIMs are pushed into the frame on the left side. An expansion memory via MicroSD is provided.
The on/off switch and the volume rocker can be seen on the right side of the housing.
Honor 8X: Display
The Honor 8X has 6.5 inches IPS panel dissolves in FullHD plus resolutions and displays its colors powerfully but not glaringly.
The color mode, the color temperature and a blue light filter (eye-protection) can be changed in the settings according to your own ideas.
The maximum brightness is perfectly fine, but it does not fare well against direct sunlight.
The Full HD + resolution did not bother me. You can even reduce them in the settings to HD.
This should save power then, but also looks pretty pixelated. The aspect ratio of the panel is now 19.5: 9 due to the “notch”.
The display of Honor 8X in our analisis does not offer an “always on” mode. Somewhat weak, I found the viewing angle stability, white areas dive so quickly into the greyish.
Honor 8X: Hardware and Performance
In the CPU, the manufacturer relies again on the new Kirin 710 and up to 6 GB of RAM. The chipset with its neural unit for the AI is clearly trumped by the performance of a Snapdragon 636.
In Geekbench 4 he comes to 1,886 points in single-core and 6,567 in multi-core.
It is thus only marginally faster than his predecessor. In the current AnTuTu benchmark, it is enough for around 139,000 points.
This would run current games (Asphalt Extreme, Modern Combat 5, PUBG Mobile) but completely smooth IF they would be compatible with the Honor 8X in the test.
Games like Tekken are currently not. The EMUI 8.1 itself showed only minimal stuttering (animations). In games and AR actions in the camera app, the Honor 8X – around the dual camera – but up to 46 degrees warm, uncomfortable!
Honor 8X: Software
The Honor 8X will ship with Android 8.1 (Oreo) and the new EMUI 8.2. The surface visually leaned Honor visibly on the iOS, but it offers in comparison to the Stock Android also numerous design and adjustment options.
Unfortunately, the animation and the change between browser windows is ALWAYS quite slow. The memory management is also still aggressive, (despite the up to 6 GB of RAM).
Allegedly, the built-in AI should support me in my daily efforts. It wants to learn from my behavior.
So if you take a lot of pictures, you get a lot of free memory and a permanently available camera app.
Who writes many Telegram / WhatsApp, a fast availability of Messengers. But if you do not behave regularly, you also get: “nothing”.
Incidentally, Huawei also uses the AI to translate texts and identify image content in the Translator app.
The text recognition via the said Microsoft Translator is quite useful and works offline, but not live.
Multitasking and switching between open browser tabs are relatively slow. The animations of the windows (opening apps) look nice but slow down the workflow.
You can disable them only in the Developer settings. The respective app icons distribute EMUI on the different home screens. If desired, you can then sort them into folders.
Software buttons (“navigation bar”) for operating Android are located at the bottom of the display. I can change the order of the icons.
The home button with a built-in fingerprint sensor can also be used as a kind of “touchpad”. So I can control the operating system by swiping the sensor.
The operation of Android 8.1 is done either via the home button and the softkeys or only via the home button.
You can also trigger screenshots by tapping your knuckles on the screen, for example. The scroll-shot feature takes screenshots of content that can be several screens long.
Who knocks with two knuckles at once on the display, starts the Screen Recording. The content of the screen is then saved as a video. The security features of EMUI, which can encrypt or protect apps and data, are already known.
Honor 8X: Connectivity
On the way, I can surf via HSPA + or better via LTE in the Cat 16 or WLAN 802.11 / a / g / n / ac (2.4 / 5 GHz) on the Internet. This worked perfectly well in the test.
The voice quality is very good, my interlocutors sound clear from the listener. The Honor 8X supports the extension of the internal memory via microSD cards (up to 256 GB).
The internal memory is 64 GB, of which nearly 50 GB are free. The average GPS fix was done in about 5 seconds.
The music player from Honor displays the artist as well as playlists, genres and album names. Also, the album cover integrated into the track will be displayed correctly.
The Honor 8X delivers with good headphones via cable a great sound. The speaker on the underside sounds good, but hardly delivers bass and can be accidentally covered by a finger in landscape mode.
Honor 8X: Cameras
The Honor 8X has dual cameras resolve with 20 megapixels (RGB) and 2 megapixels depth sensor and offer a f/1.8 aperture.
The photographer is supported by an “AI” or “AI”. This artificial EMUI intelligence helps to identify the motifs (semantically, ie each object individually) and proposes the appropriate program or filter.
This assistance can either be completely deactivated or also subsequently – after recording – off. About the telephoto lens has the possibility of a double zoom.
When eating food, the AI distinguishes between sushi or ice cream. Even animals (cats and dogs) are detected reliably and underlaid with the appropriate filter.
Unfortunately, an optical or electronic image stabilizer cannot be found on the Honor 8X. Simple long-term exposures can hardly be done without a tripod.
The video recordings in 1080p 30FPS are pretty good so far, but the autofocus is very sluggish.
The camera app itself offers numerous filters, effects and also a time-lapse mode. More is currently not possible.
The front camera records 16-megapixel images in good quality. Unfortunately, it annoys the permanently in use beauty mode.
The draws the faces unnaturally smooth, it just looks super artificial.
Honor 8X: Battery
The built-in battery of Honor 8X provides 3750 mAh and lasted in the battery test just under 8:30 hours.
Regular users who only receive a few e-mails or have conversations can easily do a load of one and a half working days.
Power users like me (umpteen emails, telegrams and at least 2 hours of music via Bluetooth) will definitely pick up the charger in the evening as the battery only shows around 20%.
The smartphone is charged in about 2 hours via the supplied micro USB cable. Wireless works despite the glass back unfortunately not.
Honor 8X: Conclusions and Reviews
The Honor 8X in our review is a great smartphone. The phone for its price is a good device for everyday use.
It has a large and high-quality screen, but at the same time compact. Also, the performance is in a good place, you will not have problems with delays or during games.
The camera can produce a good picture quality, the battery is durable enough.
Honor 8X: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
At the moment you can not buy the device since it is not officially sold yet.
But as soon as Honor 8X phone goes on sale we will write where you can buy at a low price.